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Feb 28, 2011 6:46 PM by Stephanie Collins

Former Fort Carson soldier sentenced to life in prison

Robert Marko was convicted earlier this month of first degree murder and four other sexual assault charges. Today he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the October 2008 death and sexual assault of Judilianna Lawrence, and the sexual assault of another girl.

Lawrence's family was in court today for the sentencing, they say it's a day they've waited a long time for, "Over two years I dedicated to coming here to see to it that it got this far, now that it's over, I don't know what to do," says Judilianna's Father John Lawrence.

The sexual assault charges against Marko are also related to another sexual assault he committed against a girl who was 14 at the time, less than a week before killing Judilianna Lawrence. He did it in the same place he assaulted and killed Judilianna, an area off Old Stage Rd.

The family of that girl was also in court today; her mother testified about how hard it has been for her daughter to live with being a victim of sexual assault. Judge Larry Schwartz told Marko before he sentenced him that he had committed, "horrendous and unspeakable crimes."

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